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High School Nationals Return to Hartford

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The world’s largest squash tournament with nearly 1,500 players—the HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships—returns to greater Hartford, Connecticut February 10-12. The championships were last held in New England in 2015.

The tournament’s twelve divisions, seven boys’ and five girls’, will be contested at Westminster, Avon Old Farms, Loomis Chaffee, Wesleyan University and Choate Rosemary Hall on a total of forty-one courts.

In 2016—for the first time in tournament history—the Patterson Cup (girls’ division I) and Justi Cup (boys’ division I) both were won by Greenwich, Connecticut sister-brother schools Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School.
The defending champions will be among the top seeds this weekend, but will face difficult opposition to retain their titles.

Returning to Hartford for the first time after winning their maiden national title in 2015, the Baldwin school—the 2016 finalists—are set as one of the top seeds challenging Greenwich. Other division I competition includes the likes of Deerfield Academy, Noble and Greenough, Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin, Lawrenceville and Milton Academy.

In the boys’ division I, Philadelphia’s Haverford will aim to avenge their 2016 finals loss in hopes of claiming their first national title. 2015 finalists Belmont Hill, 2014 champions Avon Old Farms, and four-time champions Episcopal Academy join Gilman, Springside Chestnut Hill and Noble & Greenough, among others, in the division 1 fray.

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